Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Trends and determinants of survival for patients on renal replacement therapy over time.
Reference number: RPCH2016/06
Abstract

We are looking to recruit a PhD student with a strong statistical background to develop methodology within a multidisciplinary research environment on a project hosted within the Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) at Keele University.


Trends and determinants of survival for patients on renal replacement therapy over time.


Project details


End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is the severe end of the spectrum of Chronic Kidney Disease, requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) in the form of peritoneal dialysis, haemodialysis or renal transplantation, to stay alive. This PhD project will utilize, and extend when required, advanced statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal data collected from the UK Renal Registry. These will include multistate modelling to describe how ESRD and its management in RRT patients evolve through different stages over the patient’s lifetime, including transitions between different treatment modalities, the occurrence of other health events, hospitalisation, recovery of kidney function, or death. Further, graphical Markov models will be utilized to build causal diagrams to describe relationships among patient factors and treatment modalities underlying longer survival time. The statistical modelling will be guided by strong clinical knowledge and experience from experts in the field of nephrology based at the Institute for Clinical Sciences (iACS) at Keele University, so that clinical insight from the analyses can be demonstrated and communicated meaningfully. In addition, the student will benefit from the methodological expertise provided by the iPCHS 


The iPCHS is the largest and most successful Research Institute at Keele (http://www.keele.ac.uk/pchs/). It is dedicated to undertake research that will improve the quality of care for people with arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal pain, mental health problems and associated comorbidities. It hosts the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre-of-Excellence, is a current member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research and holds the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Pioneering the early prevention and treatment of chronic pain. 91% of Keele’s research in Primary Care has been judged world leading or internationally excellent (Ref 2014).


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the project supervisors: Dr Mark Lambie (lambiem@doctors.net.uk or m.lambie@keele.ac.uk) or Dr Ivonne Solis-Trapala (i.solis-trapala@keele.ac.uk).


Eligibility:  Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or above) in Statistics, Mathematics or related discipline, and a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics or related discipline is desirable.


Studentship: Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (2017/18 home/EU rates: £4,121) and a research studentship stipend of currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18. Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £11,179 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves.A programme of research training will also be provided and it is anticipated that students will be involved in a number of Keele and institute-wide activities including research seminars, journal clubs and an annual student conference.


Please ensure that you reference the studentship number (RPCH2017/06) throughout your application. Please apply here; http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/


Closing date for applications is Monday 7th August 2017


Interviews are expected to be held week commencing the 28th August 2017


For any queries relating to the application process, please contact Miss Zara Richards (z.richards2@keele.ac.uk

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Duration 3 year full-time, 6 years part-time
Fees All fees are paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time
Closing date Monday 7th August 2017

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Research Topic Temporal trends and outcomes following acute myocardial infarction; an electronic health record database study
Reference number: IACS2017/02
Abstract

Applications are invited to work on an exciting 3 year PhD studentship in the Centre for Prognosis Research, based within the fields of cardiovascular medicine and statistics, which will benefit from expertise within two research institutes at Keele University. The Keele Cardiovascular Research group is based in the Institute for Applied Clinical Sciences (IACS) and has developed close links with the institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) and the Centre for Prognosis Research. The multidisciplinary team has an established track record of original research using national electronic healthcare databases and state of the art statistical methodology to study optimal treatment strategies, risk stratification and outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases. The Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) is the largest and most successful Research Institute at Keele. 91% of Keele’s research in Primary Care has been judged world leading or internationally excellent by the Public Health, Health Services Research, and Primary Care assessment panel of the 2014 Universities UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).  


We are looking to recruit a PhD student to work on the following project:


Temporal trends and outcomes following acute myocardial infarction; an electronic health record database study. The aim of this funded PhD is to use large high quality electronic healthcare data to study temporal trends, clinical outcomes, multimorbidity and complications following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using national in-hospital data derived from the United States and the UK. Though the project can be tailored to the student’s expertise and interests, the team are particularly keen for the student to consider some of the following objectives:



  1. To identify how comorbidities cluster (multimorbidity), whether particular clusters have greater impact on patient outcomes, and how such clusters change over time. Further work will investigate how these clusters of comorbidities differ across cardiovascular conditions.

  2. To describe temporal and regional trends in patient risk factors, as well as treatments and clinical outcomes following AMI. The student will develop statistical models to identify which risk factors have contributed importantly to observed temporal changes in patient outcomes following AMI. Further, the student will investigate heterogeneity in predictor-outcome associations across clusters of patients (e.g. regions, centres).

  3. To study temporal trends in complications following treatment of AMI, using statistical models to define how their nature has changed over time and to identify and predict the risk of patient subgroups sustaining such complications.


Methodology research will form an important part of the studentship, in terms of the development and evaluation of statistical methods for analysing big data for prognosis research. In particular, possible methodological projects may include methods for the development and validation of prediction models, and assessment of heterogeneity in model performance.


Alongside their PhD, the student will be encouraged to attend internal and external training courses; write and submit both applied and methodological journal articles; and attend and present at national and international conferences.


For an informal discussion, please contact Lead Supervisor Professor Mamas Mamas (mamasmamas1@yahoo.co.uk), Co Supervisor Joie Ensor (j.ensor@keele.ac.uk) or Professor Richard Riley (r.riley@keele.ac.uk).


We are looking for a highly motivated person with a passion for statistics research, with a good first degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A Masters degree in a statistical discipline is desirable. Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (currently 2016/17 home/EU rates: £4,121pa) and a research studentship stipend of currently £14,057 per annum for 2016/17. Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £8,000 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves.


Closing date for applications is 28th July 2017.

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Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Fees All fees are paid at current UK/EU rates, for three years only.
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time
Closing date 28th July 2017

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Research Topic Effect of hydrogen/natural gas mixtures on gas heating mantles
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-13
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing academic year 2017/18.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2017/8 stipend £14553 per annum). Funding for consumables and conference attendance is available.
Closing date 27th July 2017

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Research Topic Investigate the effect of sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells on endothelial cells and astrocytes of the blood brain barrier, in cerebral malaria
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-09
Abstract

Applications are invited for a self-funded 3-year PhD studentship.  This study will investigate changes in human brain endothelial cells and astrocytes in response to PRBC cytoadherence and mechanisms involved in mediating these changes.  These studies will be performed using human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBEC) and human astrocytes grown in tandem in an in vitro co-culture model, using an advanced model of the blood brain barrier (BBB).

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Duration 3 years
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Stipend None - please see advert
Closing date 8 August 2017

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Research Topic Smartphone Sensing System for Health Management and Autoinjector Training
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-03
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Stipend Open to fully self-funded students only.

Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees and living costs please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/ and
http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/livingcosts/

Closing date 31st August 2017

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Research Topic Analysis and modeling of neuromodulator triggered setting of functional networks in biological neural systems
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-08
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend No funding available.
Opportunity for self funded students only.
Closing date 31st December 2017

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Research Topic Responsive Virtual Reconstruction Environment with Integrated Tools
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-09
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend No funding available.
Opportunity for self-funded applications only.
Closing date 31st December 2017

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Research Topic Design, Chemical Synthesis and Evaluation of Mimetic Nucleoside Analogues
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-14
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research.
For UK/EU 2017/18 tuition fees are £4195 per annum and overseas are £18,900 per annum.
Stipend No funding available. Open to fully self-funded students only.
Closing date Applications accepted all year round.

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